Virtualization Approach

By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2004-05-06 Print this article Print

Storage virtualization is dominating the headlines behind new products from IBM and EMC. From a virtualization standpoint, where can customers expect to see Veritas go? Were very interested in allocating and provisioning server capacity, either in real machines or a VMWare virtualized machine. Were obviously interested in clustering and making those highly available. The reason we picked up the Ejasent technology, we also want to be responsive to the application.
Meaning if the application needs to be positioned or moved in order to be provisioned to a different server, you can virtualize and provision a different server and move it. We think thats where the real business requirement is, move applications around, not move operating systems around. Its a phenomenal opportunity for us.
EMC is aggressively pushing its holistic ILM strategy. You are not overly enamored with the concept. Why? There is a piece of ILM that is pretty interesting, which is the regulatory compliance piece, the ability to do archival and retrieval. We do that. But I dont understand to this day the tie-in to Documentum. How is an application that manages a document any different than an application that manages your general ledger [GL]? Its just an application. The fundamental architecture of storage and infrastructure you keep—how you archive and retrieve and how you can do DR for backup and recovery—doesnt change based on whether its a GL or a document. Its all the same. [EMCs] entire strategy has to be centered around a primary hardware agenda, which is storage. What are other options do they have? This is the handicap that the hardware companies have. They have to think about whats good for my hardware stack, and they cannot offer technologies that are going to make Network Appliance, or IBM or Hitachi better. Why would EMC want to put out software that improves the performance of Network Appliance, such that Network Appliance can win all the hardware sales? At a cheaper price? Its a business strategy that will never work. They have to preserve their hardware business. Why is Veritas building-block approach toward utility computing an advantage to customers? Building blocks ultimately are products and solutions customers can adopt and implement. They can implement today and get started and participate in utility computing strategy down the road, increase availability and increase performance of the business applications today. That means improving performance of servers, improving the performance of storage, and improving the performance of applications—and making all those elements more available. The problem with technology if you go back to the applications environment, for a lot of those big SAP implementations, Oracle financial implements, Siebel CRM, you had to invest millions of dollars to wait three years for results and hoped it worked. With our technology, invest today and start getting results very quickly. Check out eWEEK.coms Storage Center at for the latest news, views and analysis on enterprise and business storage hardware and software. Be sure to add our storage news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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